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By Ben Robinson Staff Reporter brobinson@thepccourier.com COUNTY — A handful of local seats will be decided Tuesday when voters go to the polls for the general election. Three seats on the Pickens More »

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Fall for Liberty

The city of Liberty hosted its third annual Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, featuring vendors, music, fun for kids, a chili cook-off and more. At right, children enjoy a hayride More »

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First Friday Harvest Market set for Nov. 7

BUFFALO BARFIELD CLEMSON — Local residents are invited to celebrate fall at the Clemson Farmers’ Market on Friday, Nov. 7, during the second annual Harvest Market. There will be something for everyone More »

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Derby Days raises more than $30K for charity

Sigma Chi Fraternity at Clemson University recently hosted its annual Derby Days, one of the largest charitable events by a Greek organization in the Southeast. More than $30,000 was raised this year, More »

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Buddy and Cisco’s Bistro set to open Saturday in Pickens

The staff of Buddy and Cisco’s Bistro invites the public to its grand opening on Saturday. PICKENS — Buddy and Cisco’s Bistro will open Saturday, Nov. 1, at 321 E. Main St. More »

School board tables prayer

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

brobinson@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — After passing first reading of a new policy allowing school board meetings to feature an opening prayer last month, the Pickens County School Board reversed course Monday night, tabling the matter for the foreseeable future.

The board voted 4-2 — with chairman Alex Saitta and Jimmy Gillespie opposed — to table the motion until more information on the action’s legal status is available.

Board member Brian Swords suggested the motion be tabled based on legal advice.

“They cited they wanted to hear more from the attorney general, and while our attorney said our policy was legal, our attorney said why change what you are doing (a non-sectarian prayer) which has no risk?” Saitta said after the meeting.

Saitta had motioned to add a request to superintendent Dr. Danny Merck to go ahead and invite clergy members to

Gillespie: ‘Whole system is broken’

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

brobinson@thepccourier.com

 

EASLEY — In his last meeting, Jimmy Gillespie was rushed in his final remarks as a member of the Pickens County School Board on Monday night.

Council member Judy Edwards tried to motion that Gillespie’s speech be cut off after several minutes, but the motion

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Election set for Tuesday

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By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter
brobinson@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — A handful of local seats will be decided Tuesday when voters go to the polls for the general election.

Three seats on the Pickens County School Board are up for grabs, with one race set to feature four challengers.

In District 4, Brian Swords is running unopposed in his bid for reelection to a full term after winning a special election to fill the unexpired term of Ben Trotter earlier this year.

In District 6, incumbent Jim Shelton will face the challenge of Henry Wilson.

The District 2 race could be the mostly hotly contested, however, as Phillip Bowers, Kevin McKenzie, Tony


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